I have high hopes for The Car Show, as you may remember Adam Carolla was one of the people tapped for the NBC version of Top Gear that never got beyond a pilot episode that was never broadcast. Top Gear USA (on History) was pretty bad the first few episodes, but it was watchable towards the end of the first season, the pickup truck episode in Alaska was their best effort IMHO, and I think if they want to really stand on their own and not constantly be compared to the UK version, they need to do things that the UK show doesn’t do. We don’t Jezza, Hammond and The Captain do things with full sized pickups since such vehicles are fairly rare across the pond. Some of the stuff translates well, like cheap car challenges and such, but to make its own niche TG: USA needs to be different. I don’t think the Top Gear USA hosts are nearly as engaging as the UK hosts, but they haven’t been working together as long as the UK hosts either, I expect they’ll be better this season.
Also it’s estimated that Top Gear UK is seen by 350 million people throughout the world. Top Gear USA probably hasn’t matched that